The community of Rize through 3 multi-stakeholders tables, has undertaken a series of steps for defining a joint Community Led Local Development Initiative (CLLD) responding to the needs of the area emerged during the local meetings. The 3 official Round Tables saw the participation of different stakeholders like the President of the Entrepreneurs Association of Rize, the members from fishery cooperatives, provincial Directorates of Agriculture and Forestry.
The Community of Rize, represented within the tables of CSOs committed to cooperate through the CoopsToCoast project, went through main steps for developing the CLLD initiative in line with the EU “Guidance for Local Actors on CLLD”.
Firstly, the Community elaborated the strategy sought to change the situation of disconnection between the fishery sector and the rest of the local economy, relating it with the tourism and cultural sector.
Secondly, the project established a Partnership for realizing the local development initiative. The CSOs and the Local authorities of Rize responded to a Call of interest published by the project and have been supported by a training session on the functioning of the Fishery Local action groups.
During the II Multi-stakeholder tables, the participants agreed that the initiative should not be limited to the city of Rize but it should involve the whole Province, like Artvin and Trabzon within the scope of connecting the most attractive sites for tourists in the area. During this Multi-stakeholder table, few proposals have been raised as solutions to the problems emerged after a deep analysis previously provided. The main obstacle identified refers to a lack of knowledge about the fishing harbours in terms of localization and services offered by the cooperatives. For this reason, the direct visibility and accessibility of citizens and tourists to the harbours and to the services and information about the cooperatives has been the first aim to be reached. Finally, the stakeholders were asked to reason on the proposals based on their relevance and impact on beneficiaries.
The last Multi-stakeholder table have been called to define the initiative to be realized. Collecting the preference from the participants, the initiative emerged was an informative panel directly visible for tourists and citizens which provides information on the fishery tradition on the site to facilitate the accessibility of fishing harbour and cooperative headquarters.
During this week, the first panels have been settled near the entrance of the fishing harbours.
The panels are visible form the coastal highway to inform tourist and citizens easily and directly, about the services available on the site. CoopsToCoast supported and realized this initiative and then will transfer the ownership of each panel to eh respective cooperative at the end of the Action.